Welcome to the Library at Washington and Lee School of Law!
Our a physical collection contains over 490,000 volumes and equivalents. While our focus is U.S. legal materials, our collections include international and foreign law titles, significant materials for research in human rights, legal history, law reviews and legal journals, and study aids. Our “fun and function” collection provides laptops, iPads, headphones, chargers, puzzles, games, and other items to entertain. Use the online catalog to search the collections of the both the Law Library and the University Library.
The Law Library provides access to Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, HeinOnline, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other databases and electronic resources both on and off campus. Electronic resources are accessible via the Law Library website.
Information about hours, borrowing, and services is also available on the Law Library website. Check out our YouTube and Twitter accounts for the latest information on research and the library.
The law librarians and staff in the Law Library are pleased to welcome you to W&L! Find us on the second and third floors of the law library.
Caroline L. Osborne
Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor of Legal Research
The Law Journal Rankings Project is now available at http://lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx. Thank you for your patience.
The Law Journal Rankings Project is currently experiencing downtime due to a server issue. Access will be restored as soon as possible. Any new information about continued downtime will be posted here. Please contact Stephanie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
The law library circulation desk will be closed on July 3rd and 4th, 2017.
The law library circulation desk will be staffed according to the following schedule during reading days and exams:
Tuesday-Friday, April 18-21, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m.-11 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, April 24-27, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, April 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, April 29-April 30, Closed
Monday-Friday, May 1-5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, Closed
The law library circulation desk will be staffed according to the following schedule during Spring Break:
Friday, March 3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, March 4-5, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday, March 6 – 10 , 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Did you miss the W&L Law Community Read event? The video recording of the panel discussion is now available! On February 8, 2017 the law library hosted a panel discussion with Professor Tim MacDonnell and guest Mary Cromer to discuss this year’s book, Gray Mountain.
Meet librarian Andrew Christensen in the third floor reading room on Wed. Feb. 15th at 11:15 am for 5 tips on researching Transnational Law in just 5 minutes. Be there for a chance to win prizes!
The Law Library at Washington and Lee University will host the third annual W&L Law Community Read event on Wednesday, February 8 from 5 to 6pm in the Millhiser Moot Court Room. A panel of legal practitioners and scholars will discuss the real-life inspirations and context of John Grisham’s best-selling 2014 novel, Gray Mountain. Set in the coal country of western Virginia, the book brings to the fore unique legal issues related to industrial mining and its impact on the environment, human health, business, and other cultural and social aspects of life in rural Appalachia. All members of the W&L community are welcome to attend this free event. Panelists include:
- Mary Cromer, Staff Attorney at the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and advisor to Mr. Grisham for the novel
- Jill Fraley, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and History at W&L
- Timothy MacDonnell, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Advanced Administrative Litigation Clinic (Black Lung) at W&L
In anticipation of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s visit to Lexington, Virginia the law library assembled a reading list featuring writings by Justice Ginsburg, about Justice Ginsburg, her most notable written opinions, and other documents relevant to her nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court. The reading list is available here: